Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced that PlayStation 2 broadband network gaming will be launched in the Spring, beginning here in the UK. The announcement follows the launch of PlayStation 2 online gaming earlier this year in North America and Japan. In North America, SOCOM: US Navy Seals, the first online console game with voice communication between players, and Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL 2003, have become instant online hits with thousands of regular players.
Key components of PS2 network gaming are a Broadband Gaming Pack which includes a PS2 Ethernet Network Adaptor, an online game and a start-up disk. This pack will be sold at the same price as a regular PS2 game through selected retailers, and will enable PS2 owners to access online multiplayer games through a participating Broadband network.